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  1. The Industrial Lead - NIght Time Operations 8-20-2012

  2. Benchwork Complete - Video

    Ive mostly completed the major benchwork for The Industrial Lead. I have a couple of tasks to complete:
    Install drawer fasces.
    Fix Formica chips with SeamFil

    But at least for now Im able to move out the woodworking tools, clean up the major dust and start focusing on actually building the railroad.

    View in youTube: The Industrial Lead Benchwork Complete

    Origianlly Posted on The Industrial Lead ...
  3. Closet, Desk, and Shelves

    I've been plugging away at finishing the desk and closet. It's been a good way to stay inside while the weather has been rainy.

    The big chore was wiring the ...
  4. Time for a New Desk

    When I built my Halland Yard layout, I decided to build my office desk into the closet. It was primarily a sheet of 3/4″ plywood, supported by lumber across the back and the front sides. The front of the desk spanned the 5′ closet opening. This front portion really began to sag. It was unsupported. I couldnt shore up the support it with shelf brackets, because I needed the space underneath to roll my file cabinets into it.

  5. Valance Brackets

    I painted the top and underside of the valance Polar White. Then installed the triangle brackets that provide the permanent support for the valance. Next fascia and lights.

    I got a little worried about whether 1/8″ hardboard would make the 8″ radius curve around the northeast corner of the valance. ...
  6. Benchwork Continues Into the Closet

    More benchwork today. I started with a tricky section that would be the sub-roadbed where the main layout enters the closet. I spent a lot of time cutting ...
  7. Touch up and Valance 4-16-2012

    A couple extra hours of work allowed me to do a little touch up and finish out the valance frame. I had to recut both valance l-girder ledger boards. ...

    Updated April 18th, 2012 at 05:07 PM by gregamer

    The Industrial Lead , Layout Progress Reports , HO Scale
  8. Construction Marathon 4-15-2012

    A nice day and generous parents led me to a construction marathon this afternoon. I spent a total of 8 straight hours cutting, trimming, fixing, gluing, ...
  9. Construction Progress 4-2-12

    Progress has really been stifled by rain, sick kids, injury, illness and RAIN. And did I mention rain. So in between the crappy weather and sore body, Ive been trying ...
  10. Brackets in Now Take Them Out

    Lowering the Bench

    I got all of the brackets and ledger boards installed and then decided to listen to some advice from Alan in my Shelf Bracket Benchwork 1 post. I tested the benchwork with my 3 year old son Patrick and it was too tall. I need the benchwork to be tall enough to fit the kids step ladder ...
  11. Shelf Bracket Benchwork 1


    I started benchwork today. Im using angle brackets from Home Depot; 16″ brackets along the east wall and 12″ brackets ...
  12. The Industrial Lead - Introduction

    I am designing a modern day HO industrial layout. The layout is inspired by my experiences railroading in Seattle. It will feature Seattle industries that I am familiar with and have worked at as a railroad engineer.

    What I want.

    1. Lots of Switching
    2. Modern day equipment like:
      • 70-20 Reefers because these things look awesome tagged up and weathered.
      • Pressure Aide Hoppers. I see alot of these.
      • Corn Syrup tank cars. Sweet.
    3. "The Hole". Cargill's
  13. Layout Progress Report 9/1/2008

    This Week

    • Halland Yard. Foam roadbed. Ladder started.
    • Shoring up the soft spots. Risers
    Halland Yard

    Finished ...

    Updated January 1st, 2009 at 07:18 PM by gregamer (Add Blog Category)

    Layout Progress Reports , N Scale
  14. Layout Progress Report 8/27/2008

    This Week
    • Rehung Closet Shelving
    • A Power Strip for all those wall worts.
    • Shoring Up Riverside Drive
    Closet Shelving

    The shelves were already cut, all I needed was to install 2 new vertical brackets. I bought 24" vertical brackets to replace the original 48" brackets.

    Power Strip

    Future home of wall wort village.

    I installed this 4' ...

    Updated January 1st, 2009 at 07:18 PM by gregamer (Add Blog Category)

    Layout Progress Reports , N Scale